Who can be part of the parenting plan?
The judge will try to incorporate both parents into the parenting plan. However, if one parent is unfit, a judge can award all of the parenting time and decision making authority to the other parent.*
In addition, a non-parent with a significant connection to the child might be able to ask for custody. A petition for non-parental custody must be filed where the child lives, and only if the child is not in the physical custody of one of its parents, or if neither parent is a suitable caregiver.** Custody will be determined in the best interests of the child.*** For more information see Can a non-parent file for custody of a child?
* R.C.W. § 26.09.191
** R.C.W. § 26.10.030(1)
*** R.C.W. § 26.10.100